Cortez Ups Its Al Fresco Lunch and Learning Game
A $29,990 grant to Children's Kiva Montessori School on July 25, 2022
For the 135 students at Children’s Kiva Montessori School, one of only two middle schools in Cortez, lunchtime is an adventure: Meals are eaten outside on the picnic tables, tarps, and broken asphalt that stand in for a community cafeteria. While staff at this multi-disciplinary STEAM school good-naturedly acknowledge some benefits of being connected to the elements, ultimately, not having a usable outdoor gathering space for lunches, instructional time, and small group activities (including art projects) is a problem. In fact, the students themselves even requested an outdoor lunch and gathering space to improve their educational experience. The solution—transforming the walled asphalt lot adjoining the school into a vibrant, landscaped, multi-purpose arena—is expensive, so school staff approached LOR for help. LOR’s funding will support replacing the torn-up asphalt and adding 10 picnic tables for myriad uses.
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